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Flight (I) (2012)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  2 November 2012 (USA)
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An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father on Plane (as Adam Ciesielski)
Ken Evans
Conor O'Neill ...
Tiki Pot (as Charlie E. Schmidt Jr.)
Will Sherrod ...
Camelia Satou
Derek Hogue
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Whip Whitaker is a commuter airline pilot. While on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta something goes wrong and the plane starts to fly erratically. With little choice Whip crashes the plane and saves almost all on board. When he wakes up in the hospital, his friend from the airline union introduces him to a lawyer who tells him there's a chance he could face criminal charges because his blood test reveals that he was intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine. He denies being impaired, so while an investigation is underway, he is told to keep his act together. However, letting go of his addiction is not as easy as it seems... Written by Immanuel Ambhara

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 November 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vuelo  »

Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,900,566 (USA) (2 November 2012)


$93,749,203 (USA) (8 February 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to producers Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke (during a Q&A session with the Producers' Guild on October 18th, 2012), the primary airplane in the film is a pastiche of several existing commercial airliners so as to not ID a particular plane or airline in the film. Also, no promotional consideration was paid by any of the alcohol brands featured in the movie; they decided to feature beer, wine and hard liquor brands for one shot only so as not to "endorse" any of them. See more »


During the interrogation, the NTSB official refers to the "jackscrew that articulates the horizontal stabilizer, also known as the elevator". The horizontal stabilizer and elevator are not the same; the elevator is only a part of the stabilizer. See more »


Whip: Whoah! Nothing like a little thirty knot crosswind to exercise that ol' sphincter muscle.
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Going Down
Written by Don Nix
Performed by The Jeff Beck Group (as Jeff Beck Group)
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Don't read too many reviews - experience it for yourself.
6 December 2012 | by (Warrenton, VA) – See all my reviews

By now you know what the movie is about, so I won't rehash.

What you have here is the anti-Sully Sullenberg. Denzel is incredible as the best pilot you don't want flying your plane, or do you????? Tough questions and tough decisions as Denzel deals with, or doesn't deal with, the aftermath. You pull for him every step of the way, but the problem is which way do you pull? The visuals are very good, gripping, scary. I felt like I was hit hard in the chest while watching the plane.

Make sure the little kiddies stay home, but you need to see this movie. I hope the Academy hands Denzel the Oscar.

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The main problem with this movie Brandon_Marlo
Nerdy detail complaint - it is very clear what type of airplane this is. mjl1966
In the real world, the crash would have been Whip's fault hish747
The Mini Bar - Realism robfabrams
Flying Inverted? Why? tonynworah
His Alcoholism probably caused him to successfully land the plane lisasetser0409
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